10 things you didn’t know about the DEAD SEA!
Have you ever heard of the Dead Sea? I mean, I know the name itself doesn’t sound like it is going to be an alive holiday. But I am telling you, this is a really cool place and a MUST do! The Dead Sea is also known as the Salt Sea, however it is actually a lake… so the name is a CATFISH lol. It is located in the border of Jordan and Israel just so you know.
Let's get this started, shall we?
1. It has 34% salinity, and it was reported to be the world’s saltiest body of water. However other reports say that other lakes in Antarctica have higher salinity levels… this means my previous statement was incorrect. Let’s just say, this Dead Sea is SALTY yea.
2. It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean… SAY WHAT?? Don’t you get itchy after going in the ocean due to the salinity? Well imagine, swimming in this lake!
3. You can float in the Dead Sea! Isn’t that super exciting?? You can float without having to put much effort in and that is due to the high salinity.
4. Do you freak out each time you feel your feet being touched in the ocean by a fish creature or whatever? Well rest assured here, the high salinity prevents fish and plants from living in it, though minuscule quantities of bacteria and microbial fungi are present, but who cares right?
5. It is the Earth’s lowest elevation on land, in fact the shores are 423 metres below sea level. I am sure you didn’t come here to know about this shit so I’m going to make this as interesting as possible for you to enjoy.
6. It is the deepest sea, oh wait no, it is the deepest hypersaline LAKE in the world. What it is in simple words is water that contains significant concentrations of sodium chloride and other minerals that I am sure you probably don’t care about and you probably do not know what they even do. So pretty much, this increases the level of sality surpassing that of the ocean water.
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7. It has become a major centre for health research and treatment. That is because the mineral content of the water, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure at this depth each have specific health effects. I don’t know what health effects, but I found this information and thought it was interesting enough to share it.
8. It discharges asphalt, how weird! It spits up small pebbles and blocks of the black substance…
9. Asphalt coated figurines and skulls from archaeological sites have also been found which is really interesting, don’t you think? Egyptian mummification processes used asphalt imported from the Dead Sea region.
10. Here you find the world’s lowest road, Highway 90, runs along the Israeli and West Bank shores of the Dead Sea at 394 m below sea level.